Sunday Adventure Ride
The momentum of our Sunday Ride Program (what I’ve always called the “Nate’s Guided Tours”) has been taking off lately with me cutting back on racing, spending more weekends with my customers and the spreading of the good word from our customers who participate and have a blast on the ride. I have also made some drastic changes in how the rides are operated:
1. Set the time earlier in the day so we can get you back to your family at a decent hour so you can enjoy them.
2. Providing more helpful riding tips to the participants.
3. The rides have been more docile and conducive to a scenic tour rather than speeding down the remote backroads and missing all the sightseeing opportunities.
4. Implementing a daily challenge to push the riders out of their comfort zone, but not too far to be hazardous i.e. slow speed races in parking lots, and riding down dirt roads on street bikes to learn how to handle that situation effectively and safely.
The last two Sunday rides we had were so much fun that the pilots couldn’t wait to get to the next rest area to share their excitement with the rest of the pilots they just met that day. Our big Sunday Ride at the end of last month was almost all European machines we offer, giving us a common area of interest to start with, and then I exposed all of the riders to my River Run which was all roads they have never experienced before. I basically take you down awesome country roads that all parallel rivers, creeks and streams almost all the way. This ride took us down through Salem to the back side of Shawsville, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Riner, Floyd, Willis; then back into Floyd, via the parkway where we did slow speed races for free Tuggles Gap pie compliments of N8?,for some Tuggles Gap runs and lunch. We continued our way back to our home destination via Floyd and meandored our way back through some fine twisties in Shawsville that dumped us back onto 460 for a relaxing last stretch back into town.
That past Sunday I had another great attendance with over 15 riders again, and they were all eager to ride as the excitement was overflowing the parking lot with everyone anticipating where this adventure would take them. We did a shorter route as some of the Sunday riders had time restrictions, including yours truly. I took our group down 419 to 311 and hit Big Stoney which surprisingly very few of the participants had experienced for themselves yet. Missing out on scenic routes right in their back yard. This is when I gave them their first challenge, riding up to the White Rock campsite for some mild, manicured, dirt/gravel roads to show them that their street machines are not just limited to asphalt and that there are ways to make themselves safer when those situations arise. That’s when you could hear the smiles and laughs through their helmets and well after our group discussion on some gravel riding techniques. What a blast to expose people to something new and have them overcome challenges they have been too timid to tackle before the pack mentality kicks and…well…”everyone else is doing it, guess I’ll give her a shot” helps them overcome their fears. We jumped back on the pavement and made our way to 460 for a cruise down the cage trail that led us to our next fun destination, CineBowl in Blacksburg, which provided us nourishment to complete the ride and our traditional “get to know your fellow riders” talk over lunch. The atmosphere was great and they even had MotoGP playing on all the TVs for us, now that’s service!! At that point a few of the pilots were close to home and peeled off to their families and we headed back up some twisties to Salem for a final parting of ways.
Look forward to seeing you out on our next Sunday Ride and hope you tell your friends of the great time to be had with the Frontline Crew and Frontline Family.
Sunday Ride Info
Assemble: 8:40 a.m.
Depart: 9:00 a.m.
Rally Point: Frontline Eurosports, 1003 Electric Rd., Salem, VA 24153
***Don’t forget we’re doing dual sport and adventure touring riding events the first Sunday of every month. Let’s get those GS and Tiger machines dirty!****
Nate’s Bike Review: The Big New Model Review of the Year
I will be long winded, as usual, as I have been cramming all the miles I can on the latest editions to our lineup in the last month or so. Not only to include road time on these machines but also getting to experience them on the track as well, where you can really feel the technology working for you repetitively and be able to duplicate the same situation over and over again in a safe environment. This month I will be doing a review on the ’16 BMW S1000XR, ’16 R1200RS, ’16 Ducati Scrambler, and Chip is going to assist me in the review of the ’15 F800R and ’15 S1000RR!!!!
2016 BMW S1000XR – The new potential “Best Bike Ever” award winner is the amazingly well thought and designed BMW S1000XR. It has the heart and soul of the S1000R and the comfort and ergonomics of the R1200GS. We have combined a GS style seating position with the power plant featuring 160 bhp and all the electronic options such as switchable ABS, switchable DTC, DDC Suspension, Ride Modes Pro, Gear Shift Assist Pro, etc etc…. There isn’t much to say about this bike in its defense, you’ll just have to come ride one yourself. It’s all you have probably already read about all expect from the leading Super Sport and Best Adventure Touring machine ever produced…the spawn was amazing and has set the bar for the pinnacle line of machines. I do have to state that there is the rumor of buzzing in the bars which Chip and I didn’t experience on our tours on this spectacular machine, but have heard of some customers who are getting it with extremely long trips. This is something that I contacted BMW about and they are working on a fix for that which will stop the only complaint anyone has ever been able to nitpick on this next level motorcycle from BMW Motorrad.
2016 BMW R1200RS – The R1200RS was a pleasant surprise to the line-up for 2016. Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the return of the RS and with its great history already in our memory banks and our integration of that name with all the new technology we have been blessed with on all the water cooled boxers, you are going to love this machine!!! The elimination of the Tele Lever front end was the most amazing thing I think BMW did for the R line facelift, and it’s still impressive on the RS but you do the feel the extra weight of the upper compared to the R and the longer wheel base to accommodate that weight is noticeable as well. Still a fantastic ride that offers all the wind protection you might desire on the R bike, but still quite a different machine than the R which most people thought would be the same bike with an upper.
2015 BMW F800R – More power, better suspension, better brakes, new design headlight, and the addition of traction control, which I unfortunately had to use my first ride (and saved my butt), makes for a spectacular $10K naked sport bike from BMW. This F800R will give you all the clout of owning a BMW, all the performance in the twisties, and the reliability of their parallel twin in a super safe package that bring a relaxing pleasure to your ride. This is the first motorcycle I’ve ridden in the slow lane…and been okay with it…as it does what YOU want it to, it doesn’t always beg you for more throttle or harder input, but will do almost anything you ask of it in a slow easy steering, smooth throttle delivering package that is just straight up compliant and fun.
2015 BMW S1000RR – AMAZING!!!! Had to do my best to keep Chip and I’s wallets I our pockets to keep from putting one in our garage that day. The new torque curve is so wicked, the power comes on so much earlier at the 5K mark instead of the 8.5K mark like the predecessor models. And when it comes to trinkets, BMW threw them on there this year!!! We have the only super sport bike in the world that comes factory with heated grips and cruise control…all that with the already seamless Dynamic Traction Control and ABS now being able to be manipulated by the pilot via the new USER mode. More power, less weight, more impressive design, continuous improvements to the already class leading bike keeps my tongue hanging out for the next sunny day to demo one again, and again, and again!!!! The DDC is the only option I have in question on the ultimate supersport out, as I felt like I experienced a bit more feedback than I wanted when actuating the ABS on extremely hard braking in a track atmosphere, something that probably won’t ever be felt by most pilots on the street unless in rain mode or violent with the brakes but I have to be fair and give my full opinion. With all the different build options we are sure to find one that fits your needs and budget.
2016 Ducati Scrambler – Big boy power in a little package, just like Nate hahahaha. Well, let’s switch gears back over to the release of the Ducati Scrambler that has been highly sought after ever since its first spy shot was released on the internet. It was worth the wait for a sub $10K Ducati motorcycle with the 75hp V-Twin with lots of soul and an appropriate growl. The bike feels extremely light with a 420lb package that positions the weight just right to keep a low CG. The stock Pirelli tires feel so good on the street and do well off-road once deflated to an appropriate pressure. I have some complaints about the bikes all-around performance though, I would highly suggest the Ohlins rear shock replacement and front suspension kits that will hopefully make it a more palatable two riding machine. I did 150 miles with my wife on the bike, both of us small framed individuals, and never again. I’ve never wanted to get off a bike so bad, and combining the lack of communication with the front end, and the rough ride with a two up situation with the waffle grips and bars in the wrong position (which I did correct with the under seat tool kit which is bad ass!!) there is lots of numbing issues with the hands and arms. Now, once you get back on the bike solo and straight rip her around town, you’ll forget all the negatives you ever experienced with the awesome power and sexy tone as you flaunt your new Ducati down the congested city streets, backroads, or even on the gravel/mud. The brakes are straight monster and the flickability is astounding!!! 14 more HP than the Triumph, 95 lbs lighter than the Triumph, and ABS makes for a very competitive machine to compete again the long standing Triumph Scrambler which has captured many of our hearts. It boils down to if you are looking for a two up machine or not, I would definitely rather be on the heavier, easier to ride Scrambler, BUT, if I’m rippin’ my way to work in the morning, this would be a great cup of coffee for you in the morning or anytime.
Nate’s Parts/Service Dept. Section:
Our Ducati Parts and Accessories are trickling in and we are excited to help you get outfitted in the latest gear and casual apparel to show off your Ducati pride.
With all the success of the RR line dominating the liter bike industry, we can help you take your machine to the next level and unlock hidden secrets your motorcycle is only capable of exposing with the application of certain HP products only available at authorized HP dealers like ourselves.
Everyone knows and loves our Service Manager Andrew Ellis, always with a smile on his face and willing to help you smile about your machine just as much. Recently Andrew has undergone some necessary surgeries and is need of our love and support. We are going to have a donations jug at our parts counter for those deem it only right to give back to the man and his family who gave our two wheeled community so much.
Contact our Parts Dept. or Service Dept. for more information @ (540) 387-9780.
Track Days: Previous P.R.E. VIR Full & VIR North
Another day at the track, another great group of enthusiasts, and another mission complete. The track, VIR Full course provided by P.R.E., the group, some of the usual suspects and plenty of new ones. The first Full Course we did had a large turn out with lots of first time track dayers and my loyal track day junkies too. We had Mr. Jones on his new 2016 S1000XR, Mike on his new Street Triple R, Kevin on his new Street Triple R, Cameron Williams on his GSXR1000, Sloan West on his “Frontline Eurusports Race bike” Daytona 675R, Steve on his Daytona 675R race bike and S1000RR track bike, TJ Horne brought two bikes as well (S1000RR and a Suzuki GSXR), Jeff on his Diavel, and I was rockin’ the S1000RR again. With such a great group of instructors and fellow track day participants we love working with P.R.E. and getting the experience of a life time riding on the VIR Full Course. We have lots of days with them in 2015 and have some great opportunities for more riders to get out there with us in 2016.
The next P.R.E. track day we did was another full day and we had a smaller turn out but twice as fun for the few that did show as we got lots of time to focus on what we wanted…fun…..I’ll keep it short and sweet as we will have ride reports available on facebook.
P.R.E. gave us another great opportunity to ride with them two weeks ago at VIR North, perfect for our race team members to get some practice before taking on the CCS Festival of Speed 9.19-20.15. Which was a great battling weekend for Sloan, Jon, and I. We all had some battles and amazing passes that we will remember forever, but Jon got into a little too much of a battle going in to turn 7 with another machine and ended up putting the race bike on the asphalt and his clavicle broken again. So we wish Jon a quick recovery for next year when he jumps up to Expert level CCS racing.
2015 Race Results:
Sloan West: I just want to say thanks to all of the crew at Frontline Eurosports for helping a great group of local racers this year. In just the second year racing the Triumph Motorcycles Daytona 675R, we were able to take home a CCS Southeast Heavyweight SuperSport 1st place and a 2nd in Middleweight Supersport. Had a blast racing all year long and looking forward to going faster next year!
Jon Follmer: Well we didn’t break any track records this weekend, just a left collar bone which ended my weekend very early. Thursday I will go in to get it plated….for the second time. Since I didn’t race, I was left with a lot of reflection time to think about this season. I have had the privilege of meeting, racing with, and swapping paint with some of the best guys on the grid(as you will all see this post). We have had quite the competition this year compared to my 2014 season.
In 2014, I got Third Place SE Region MWSS with lap times that were several seconds slower than I was turning this year and with far less points. This year there were many of us that were all about the same speed which led to some great racing. We all made each other that much faster as the year went on! I had 3 goals this year, Turn 1:35’s at VIR, win a championship, and make some new friends. All have been checked of the list, so I guess we have to say this year was a success! As we all move to Expert next year, it will be interesting to see how we continue to improve our riding.
This year I earned 8 First Places, 9 Second Places, and 8 Third Place finishes….the rest we won’t talk about. The result was several Top 3 finishes in multiple regions, 1 Summit Point MWSS Track Championship, and 1 Atlantic MWSS Championship. To add to that list I now have one broken collar bone….I believe Mark Rhoades has had 2 this season so he won that title too. I believe two of my greatest accomplishments this year were winning 2 MWSS races with over a 9 second gap to second place. One was at VIR when I turned several solid 1:35’s in June and the other was at NJMP where I turned solid 1:30’s after just 14 laps on the track since my previous visit 4 years ago. I know Glen Mitchell hated that one since I showed up to NJMP for the fun of it, and left with a championship.
Overall it was a good year and I must say the Honda did alright despite what many said it was not capable of doing. She sure showed them! We stuck together through it all and I am still not going to get rid of her. I will have Kenny adjust the valving as needed for me and keep running her into the future. I still have a lot to learn about the bike and can definitely improve further on it before I change rides(if I ever do). My goal is to turn 1:32’s around VIR next year on the same bike you saw this year….maybe if I turn flat 1:30’s at VIR North on this ole’ girl I will make the switch to a different ride. I said that last year, but that number to beat was 1:35′s for a new bike…..so the bike might never leave.
I can tell you it will come back next year looking more visually appealing thanks to Daniel Grabowski. I want to say thanks to my girl friend Allison Shade who told me last night “we will get you back on the track once you have healed and I will still support you and your racing even though you break things”, my family who has supported me throughout this whole crazy season, Frontline Eurosports, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Pit Bull, EBC Brakes, Liquid Performance of America, Dunlop, Kenneth Martin of MRP Performance, and James Owen Ray of Willow Downs Performance. I think this picture is a great way to sum up my season right before my crash. Always cheering on the competition hahaha.
Congrats to all of the guys who won at VIR and took their places on the podium! Photo credit to Jason Adams as well as a bigthank you for taking care of me after my VIR crash.
Ask Nate how you can get a FREE Track Day with P.R.E. when you purchase a new Super Sport or Sport motorcycle from Frontline Eurosports.
Check out the link below for you to ride with Frontline Eurosports and Performance Riding Experience
“See you at the Track”
October 10, 2015: Our Trunk Show
October 18, 2015: Sunday Ride
Start Planning for 2016: 4/29/2016 – 5/01/2016: Frontline Eurosports 1st Spring Rally!
- 2016 BMW S1000XR Std. in White
- 2016 BMW S1000R in Black
- 2016 BMW R1200RT in Bronze
- 2016 BMW R1200GS Prem. in White
- 2016 BMW F800GT Prem. In Grey
- 2015 BMW S1000RR Blk Prem. w/ Forged Wheels
- 2015 BMW S1000RR Race Package in Red
- 2015 BMW R1200GSA Prem. in M. Green
- 2015 BMW R1200GS Prem in White or Red
- 2015 BMW R1200R in White/Red
- 2015 BMW RnineT
- 2014 BMW C650GT in Havanna !!!!HUGE SALE!!!!
- 2013 BMW C600 Sport in Black $8,999
- 2016 Ducati Panigale 1299
- 2015 Ducati Panigale 1299S
- 2015 Ducati Street Fighter 848
- 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200S in Red
- 2015 Ducati Monster 821 Dark & Stripe & Red
- 2015 Ducati HyperMotard Black
- 2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon Red
- 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon in Yellow & Urban Enduro in Green
- 2015 Triumph Tiger800 XCX in Black
- 2015 Triumph Tiger800 XR in Blue
- 2015 Truimph Rocket III Roadster in Black with Red Racing Stripes
- 2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT in Red and Black
- 2015 Triumph Thunderbird Commander in Red
- 2015 Triumph Bonneville T-100 Black
- 2015 Triumph Bonneville T-214 Limited Edition
- 2015 Triumph Bonneville NEWCHURCH
- 2015 Triumph Street Triple R in White
- 2015 Triumph Daytona 675R Matte Black
- 2014 Triumph Daytona 675R Crystal White
- 2014 Triumph Street Triple in Cosmic Green
New Used Units:
- 2014 BMW S1000RR in Granite & White 1,500 miles $14,750
- 2014 BMW S1000RR in Black ONLY $13,999
- 2013 BMW R1200RT Prem in Grey $15,999
- 2012 BMW K1600GTL in Silver Prem with GPS, Engine Bars, LED Brake Light $17,999
- 2002 BMW R1200C in Cream with screen $6,499
- 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada with only 2K miles $9,999
- 2008 Ducati 848 in Red with only 6,375 miles $7,499
- 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1215 in Blue with SW MotoTech Panniers and Leo Vince $10,999
- 2013 Triumph Speed Triple R in Black with Rizoma goodies $10,999
- 2013 Honda CB1100 in Red with Corbin, Top Box, Screen, Engine Bars/Pegs $5,999
- 2015 Victory Gunner with detachable windscreen $9,999
- 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1700 in Black with Backrest and Highway Bars $8,110
- 2012 Suzuki DL650 VStrom in Orange with Top Box and Handguards $5,999
- 2011 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS in White only 2,800 miles $4,999
- 2011 Honda NPS 50 Ruckus in Orange with new motor $1,499
- 2008 Harley Davidson FXSTB Night Train with Hyper Charger + Vance & Hines $9,999
- 2008 Suzuki S83 Boulevard in Black and lowered, screen & bags $4,500
- 2006 Honda VTX1300R in Blue with Saddlebags, backrest with rack and highway pegs $4,499
Also, check our Frontline Eurosports website with huge used inventory, and contact Nate for information, http://www.frontlineeurosports.com/
Sold High Priority Units
- 2016 BMW S1000XR in Red SOLD
- 2016 BMW R1200RS in Blue SOLD
- 2015 BMW RnineT SOLD “Still have a unit available”
- 2015 BMW R1200GSA 2X – Blue & Green SOLD 1 Green left
- 2015 BMW R1200GS in White SOLD “ONLY ONE LEFT”
- 2015 BMW S1000RR Motorrad Premium SOLD
- 2015 BMW F700GS in Red & Black SOLD
- 2015 Triumph Street Triple RX Limited Edition SOLD
- 2015 Triumph America LT in Blue SOLD
- 2015 Triumph Bonneville T-100 in Orange/Black SOLD
- 2014 Triumph Trophy SE in Blue SOLD
- 2014 Triumph Thruxton in Black SOLD
- 2013 Triumph Bonneville T-100 Red & White SOLD
- 2015 KTM 690 Enduro R SOLD
- 2013 BMW R1200GS in Red SOLD
- 2013 Suzuki GSR750 in Blue SOLD
- 2013 Yamaha FZ-09 in Gray SOLD
- 2011 Ducati 848 in M. Blk SOLD
- 2005 BMW R1200GS in Yellow SOLD
- 1998 BMW R1200C in Black SOLD
And many more not listed…
“CUSTOMER IS KING” @ Frontline Eurosports
**If you see a unit online you are interested in but can’t get to the store for a while you can always put a deposit on the bike over the phone to ensure the bike will be there for you when you are ready***
Now through Oct 31, 2015, when you purchase a select, specially-equipped new BMW motorcycles from dealer stock you’ll receive:
- C 650 GT = $955
- F 800 GS = $1,005
- F 800 GT = $1,255
- K 1600 GT = $1,750
- R 1200 GS = $1,580
- R1200GSA = $750
- R 1200 R = $1,000
- S1000RR = $1,500
- RnineT = $1,000
Endless Summer Savings on 2014 and prior units for qualified customers:
- Bonneville / Bonneville T-100 = $1,000 off or 1.99% APR
- Daytona 675R = $1,000 off or 1.99% APR
- Rocket III Touring = $1,000 off or 1.99% APR
- Speedmaster = $1,000 off or 1.99% APR
- Street Triple = $1,000 off or 1.99% APR
- Thruxton = $1,000 off or 1.99% APR
- Thunderbird Storm = $2,500 off or 1.99% APR
- Tiger Explorer/XC = $2,500 off AND 0% APR
- Hypermotard = $900 –or- 1.99% APR
- Monster 821 = $800 –or- 1.99% APR
- Street Fighter = $1,000 –or- 1.99% APR
- Diavel Carbon = $1,500 –or- 0.0% APR
Welcome our newest members of the Frontline Family:
Andrew Barnett: (Shop Porter)
Andrew has been a valued customer of Frontline Eurosports since 7.11.2013 and was excited to find our ad for an open position and he has been nothing but a great asset to our business ever since. Look forward to introducing him to our customers as they come in to see us.
Megan Dunmire: (Apparel / Marketing)
Megan joined our family in July 2015 and will now be Managing our Apparel, assisting with Marketing while also helping with the flow of customer traffic. You will be impressed with her performance and customer service…we guarantee it!!!!
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